© Wendy Elliott, Kingscountynews.ca
High tides on March 1 surrounded the raft moored since 2012 at the eastern end of Wolfville harbour.
Federal marine consultant Patrick Gates was in Wolfville recently in the process of taking an inventory of vessels of concern.
Gates, who has been contracted by the marine safety wing of Transport Canada, was shown the embellished raft on the east side of Wolfville’s harbour.
Town chief administrator Josh Prycz told town council last week Gates had photographed the raft, which has been on the edge of the harbour since August 2012.
Gates told the town that he was tasked to document vessels “that are either dragged up on the shore, lying at a mooring or partly submerged.”
Originally known as the S.S. Innovative raft, the vessel left Miners Marsh in Kentville and floated down the Cornwallis River with Stephen Wilsack, David Bond and Cardy Hallett-Saunders aboard in 2012.
Wilsack designed the raft and built it from recycled wood and Nova Scotia products. Since then he has enjoyed boating in the area of the harbour.
“We live in an area of the greatest tides in world. It's great to experience it first hand,” Wilsack said after the river journey.
The raft and its augmentations tend to be either appreciated or disliked by area residents. Wilsack has gained the title of unofficial harbourmaster.